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Last night, educators and staff participated in our monthly staff meeting. For last night’s staff meeting we arranged Chris from Synthesis Trainers and Consultants to deliver profession development training in ‘Child Protection’ and to inform all staff on the change in mandatory reporting. We would like to thank Chris for coming out and all educators and staff who attended.
Published on 2017-07-24 20:42:07 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Latrobe have been making some seasonal winter snowmen and trees using cotton wool and brush painting. Our chickens have also started laying eggs in recent weeks and the children have been very excited each day checking the coup to collect the eggs!
Published on 2017-07-24 06:08:56 by Nipperville Early Learning Centre
We had a wonderful week this week, our highlight of the week was when Wendy came out from Reverse garbage. We had organised Wendy to come out as an incursion to teach the children how to reuse materials for different purposes. The aim of the day was to make rockets using different materials, such as; spools, plastic cups, foam, buttons, paper, fabric etc. We wanted a space theme as this tied in nicely with both our focus on the Chooks in Space book and our space theme in our book area. The children did an amazing job making different types of rockets, using different types of glue and we had Miss Alice and Miss Nicole helping out with the hot glue gun, which got a work out! Some of our friends even added ladders, windows, missiles and of course Funky Chickens! The children did so well and really emerged themselves within the session. We will definitely get reverse garbage back again as it was a wonderful hands on learning experience.
Published on 2017-07-21 09:50:39 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
During our adventure to the garden last week, we were very interested in the bees in the bug catcher. We listened to the bees buzzing around. We even got to sit in on one of Miss Cath's gardening lessons. We also read a book about the job which bees have... giving us honey... yum! Back in the London room we made some honey play dough. We helped to measure, pour and mix the dry ingredients together. Next, we combined the wet ingredients... do not forget the honey! After we had added the honey to the play dough we all used our sensory skills to smell the honey. There were lots of different expressions given during this fun experience. Next, we helped to knead the dough to finally finish the play dough making process. Next, we needed some excited children to play with the honey play dough. Lots of excitement was had as we used our sensory skills to touch and even taste the honey in the play dough! After we had gotten the opportunity to touch and become familiar with the feeling of the play dough. We brought out some shapes and rollers. Using our fine motor and cognitive development skills we rolled and shaped the play dough. We also pressed our hands and feet into the play dough to make imprints of our tiny fingers and toes. Linking our creative and fine motor skills to this interest, we made our very own bee hive honeycomb. To make this, we collected some egg cartons, yellow paint and innovative, creative thinking. With some help, we also made some bees out of pipe cleaners. Don't forget to check our bee hive honeycomb out when you visit the London Room!
Published on 2017-07-18 19:50:39 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
As it was Diabetes week last week (and green day yesterday), we thought we would try something different and make a 3D ball/box art display. This was represented by using a couple of different green colours, as Diabetes Week is represented by green, and different size polystyrene balls, as balls are one of the children's interests. We placed the balls in a box with the paint and gave the box a good shake and roll, trying to cover the balls in the paint, but we ended up putting our hands in to roll the balls around ourselves. Very wet and slippery! The children were very intrigued by the box, and we managed to have a game of peek-a-boo as well.
Published on 2017-07-18 10:05:35 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
To celebrate last Friday's Bastille Day, the children put on a concert for families to showcase some of the French songs they have been learning with French teacher Marie-Pierre! The songs included 'Un jour dans sa cabane' and 'Pirouette cacahouète'. We had a great turn out of families despite the dreary weather, thank you to all those that attended! :)
Published on 2017-07-17 06:31:43 by Nipperville Early Learning Centre
Last week, the Liverpool and Gregory friends went to yoga together. We all sat nicely on the mat and started our yoga lesson by singing ‘The Wheels On The Bus’. We did all the actions and sang along with Mr Kevin. We then looked at some new yoga cards. The cards showed us different items and animals you might find at home. We posed like the various animals and objects that Mr Kevin showed us. We then danced while Mr Kevin played his ukulele and sang songs for us. At gardening this week, we were looking at bees. We looked at some books about bees and learnt that the honey we eat is made by bees. We then took turns standing with Miss Cathy and looking and listening to some bees that she had caught in her bug catcher. We then explored the garden and watered the plants. We loved looking at the pretty flowers and discovering new things in the garden.
Published on 2017-07-16 21:51:26 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
We started our lesson with our 'welcome to yoga song', we all sat on our knees and clapped our hands along whilst singing with Mr Kevin. Mr Kevin then started to read the story ‘Polar Bear Polar Bear, what do you hear?’ In this book, we had to guess the different animals that the polar bear could hear. When we had guessed them Mr Kevin showed us the corresponding animal yoga pose. To finish off our yoga lesson we sang hot potato, teddy bear teddy bear and laid down on our magic carpet and pretended to go on a magic carpet ride. We always have so much fun in our yoga lessons. Thank you, Mr Kevin!
Published on 2017-07-14 09:59:09 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Today in our Kindy room we had a very special visitor, Superhero Recycleman and his trusty assistant. He taught us lots of things, such as; recycling things left around the home and repurposing them for new exciting and useful things. The children were able to dress up and role play, pretending to be recycling super heroes. It was a wonderful interactive show and the children enjoyed themselves. We have a lot of future environmentalists in our class!
Published on 2017-07-13 07:05:39 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Over the past couple of weeks, we have continued looking at the different occupations of our parents. Recently, we have learnt about fire sprinkler systems from Angela. Angela showed the children the sprinkler systems, hoses and joints that keeps all the hoses together. As well as showing the children an interactive fire safety app where the children had to find the exit points in a house, call 000 in an emergency and watch what to do in case of a fire. Angela also had the children sort through some pictures to determine whether they were safe and good fires e.g. birthday candles or bad fires such as a bush fire. The children were also delighted to receive stickers, books and magnets from Angela. We also had two of our fathers. Anthony came in and talk to us about Boeing and how he is a Property SP, searching for appropriate spaces for workers, business and aeroplanes. Anthony gave each child a paper plane to take home, which was a hit with both boys and girls. After Anthony, we had Paul, who came in and talked to us about being an electrical engineer for Energex. He came in with a model of a house surrounded by powerlines, the model was complete with a light at the front of the house. The children loved playing with the model and figuring out how the light turned on and off by looking at the circuit. Paul also explained to the children that they should never touch a fallen powerline as it could hurt or even kill you. He explained that you should always tell your mum or dad so that they can call either Energex or emergency phone number. We had Sophie come in and talk to the children about being a lawyer. Sophie explained it very well to the children by using promises as her example. She told the class that lawyers help people keep their promises. We had a few children role playing in front of the class and the children also learnt about rules and the importance of following rules and if they wanted to become a lawyer that they would have to read a lot of books! We’ve also had a visit from Meredith, who came in and talk to us about being a rehabilitation doctor. She had a bag of tools which she uses at work. The children were able to see some models of bones, x-rays, tools to check reflexes and much more. Meredith gave us some exercises to check how good our reflexes were. Miss Alice was our guinea pig for these tasks, happy to say that Miss Alice is fine and healthy! Joff came in and talked to us about being a lecturer and a writer for newspapers. Joff told the children that he teaches bigger kids in much larger classrooms. He also showed us some articles that he had written in the newspaper and the children were amazed. They asked some interesting questions such as, “why do you like writing for newspapers?” Joff’s response, was basically that he likes to share his opinions with people and if it is in the paper no one can interrupt him or disagree with him. He loves how you can string words together to make something meaningful and beautiful. Recently, we had our final parent talker Anthony, come in and talk to us about being a sales rep for a steel company. Anthony showed the class steel and the different ways in which it can be used e.g. house frames. The children enjoyed the talk and learnt that in order to make things out of steel it has to be melted first then put into moulds to make different shapes. After a short break, we have started finger gym up again. The children were so excited and did extremely well with this structured experience. Finger gym for those who may not be aware is when we have four or five structured fine motor activities based on what we have been learning in class. The children have a set time to finish (no time to stop and chat) heads down and working hard. The children hear the bell ring and then they move in a clockwise direction to the next experience. The children love it and enjoy the challenge. This is a great way to get the children use to structure, writing, cooperation, concentration and developing their strength in their hands. We have been blown away with our parent talkers and would like to thank all our wonderful parents who have joined us throughout the weeks. We have enjoyed listening and learning about new occupations. We will be continuing to look at occupations for a few more weeks, so if there is anyone out there who might like to come in for a quick chat we would love to hear from you. Just tell one of the Kindy teachers and we will book you in. Hope to hear from you soon. We thank you for your positive input into the program. Kindy team
Published on 2017-07-12 05:35:30 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
The children went walking two by two to get to the garden, were we saw Miss Cath! We opened the garden gate and off we went to explore the garden for the very first time! Some of us were a bit unsure of this new environment and meeting Miss Cath for the first time. However, after some time we did adjust and began to explore. We looked at all the different, pretty coloured flowers growing in the garden and the different fruits and vegetables too. Miss Cath helped us to pick some flowers for our science experiment. Using our fine motor sensory skills, we loved holding and smelling the flowers. Miss Cath even found us a ladybug to look at it, such a tiny little creature with such beautiful colours! We hope to be able to set up some lessons with Miss Cath soon to learn more about the garden and where our food comes from.
Published on 2017-07-11 10:25:24 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Last week, in the Adelaide room, the children recognised and learnt about the Indigenous and Aboriginal culture. Their intrigued faces lit up their environment for group time and they couldn’t wait to learn and get hands-on with their learning experiences. On Tuesday, the children focused on the Aboriginal story, ‘How the Birds Got their Colours’ which was told by Mary Albert and complied by Pamela Lofts. To accompany this story, children did a coloured feather and bird seed collage on a grey piece of paper. The grey represented the bland colours that the birds used to be, the bird seed, (which was replaced with lentils) symbolised something birds enjoy eating and the coloured feathers, obviously represented the birds bright and vibrant feathers. During group time, the Adelaide children looked at two bird museum boxes and then played a bird identifying game. Their teachers gave a clue, for example, what is a bird that is pink and stands on one foot? Can you guess what it is? On Wednesday, the Adelaide children engaged in two unique art experiences that Aboriginal and Indigenous people would have experienced. The first experience had children using paint and sticks to dot paint on paper. The next art experience allowed the children to mix dirt, water and food colouring. They used resources that the Aboriginal and Indigenous people would have had in their environments on a day-to-day basis. On Thursday, the children chose the Aboriginal story, ‘The Echidna and the Shade Tree’ and listened to the story outside in the playground. This book was told by Mona Green and compiled by Pamela Lofts. To accompany the story, children used black paint and coloured match sticks to create a painting of an echidna. What an educational week in the Adelaide room!
Published on 2017-07-10 07:24:35 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
As part of last week's NAIDOC activities Warrego and Leichhardt rooms made some clay echidnas and did their own interpretations of Indigenous art works.
Published on 2017-07-10 06:18:43 by Nipperville Early Learning Centre
Yarra and Flinders have been creating some beautiful Indigenous craft works for NAIDOC week. They have been using the colours of the Aboriginal flag to paint with and making their own didgeridoos.
Published on 2017-07-07 06:23:48 by Nipperville Early Learning Centre
Did you find the buried treasure we had hidden around Clayfield? Or the Mexican treats stored away from prying eyes? Or maybe you saw the groovy moves on the dance floor. The second week of Vacation care went off with a BANG, with two big excursions. We went and played Mini Golf at Golf Central at DFO. We swung our clubs to start the balls off and softly tapped the balls to finish our turns. While we patiently waited for our go, we got down and boogied to the music playing around the course. Some of us were lucky enough to get a few holes in one! For lunch, we went and sat down at Melrose Park in the shade of the trees before having a quick play on the playground. We also took a drive out to Tiddlywinks in Nundah. We have heaps of fun sliding down the big slides and playing in the ball pits. We joined in on the Disco parties, showing off our dance moves and made new friends on the playground. On Monday, we made lost treasure maps and had a go at making Telescopes for our adventures. We did a compass course and learnt all about how to read a compass. We had to find NORTH and follow the instructions to get to our ‘X marks the spot’. We also had a go at Geocaching, the international treasure hunt played by adults and children around the world. The staff made their own Geocaching tools and hid them around the school for the children to find. We had to solve a code with letters and numbers to follow the clues to an awesome ‘spiderweb’ course. We had to crawl through a course made from wool that staff had strung everywhere. If we touched the wool, we were stuck. Tuesday, we celebrated everything Mexican, from Sugar Skulls to Quesadillas, Ceramic paintings to a Donkey Piñata. We also had a wonderful time playing Pin the tail on the Donkey and having our faces painted in the afternoon. We painted plates and bowls with acrylic paints to take home for our parents and painted our Paper Plate sugar skulls with neon paints, glitter and used cotton tips to add dots and lines. When we were able to go outside, we played lots of group games like Red Rover, Poison ball, Kickball and Bop Tag. The last day of the week was Disco day. The children made their own microphones to use while singing karaoke, we played Pass the Parcel, Duck, Duck Goose and Body Alphabet. When we were tuckered out by all the dancing, we put on ‘Shark Tale’ to relax. What a great wrap to the week. Drop by the centre this week to check out our new layout!
Published on 2017-07-05 06:22:32 by Clayfield Outside School Hours Care
Diamantina and Latrobe have been focusing their programs around NAIDOC week. The children have been painting an Indigenous cave which they will finish with designing a roof for later on in the week, doing some clay hand painting and making some Indigenous collages.
Published on 2017-07-05 06:09:51 by Nipperville Early Learning Centre
Last Friday, all the children, educators and staff dressed in red for Red Nose Day and to raise awareness for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The children had barrels of laughs and lots of fun with a variety of experiences, including; spotting all the red flowers in the garden, painting red noses onto paper (using our own noses!), playing with red toys, cars and trucks, dressing up by putting big red noses on, red hand print painting, red play-dough, reading colour stories, and of course dressing in red!
Published on 2017-07-04 06:05:52 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Last week, Gregory friends had an awesome lesson with Miss Cath in the garden. Miss Cath has made a sensory garden for the Ekka. She showed us how special it is. We can smell the curry plants and taste the mint and parsley, hear the wind chimes, touch the different textures of plants and see how colourful the various plants are. It's a good opportunity for children to explore various things in the garden. Then Miss Cath read us a book called “potatoes”, which is all about how we plant the potato so we can harvest them. Miss Cath showed us we can grow the potato from a potato eye, not from seeds. Then we all had a turn to grow potatoes, we dug a hole then put the potato eye in the dirt then covered it up and said, “grow potato”! Then we blew a kiss and we all wished the potato to grow nice and strong! To finish off the lesson, Miss Cath taught us a potato song. We all sang “Fried potato, mashed potato, roasted potato, chips!” It was so fun! Thanks Miss Cath! We are all looking forward the next lesson!
Published on 2017-07-03 21:48:58 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Drip, drop, drip, drop! Did you know, when water goes on Nasturtium leaves, water either runs straight off the smooth leaves or small water droplets form? Well, last week in Miss Cath’s gardening lesson the Adelaide children investigated this theory. They used the spray bottles to wet the leaves and make small and big droplets on the leaves. The theory is true! Children also quietly hunted for the Nasturtium fairies hiding amongst the leaves and flowers. After, they explored the garden, watered the plants and had fun playing in the secret garden. What fun!
Published on 2017-07-03 09:37:29 by Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Last Thursday Warrego & Leichhardt went on an excursion to see a magic show! The children were very excited to catch the bus and were fully engaged with the magic tricks that were performed; including disappearing balloons!
Published on 2017-07-03 06:31:26 by Nipperville Early Learning Centre